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FIRST, SOME FUN:
Ion Audio Party Rocker Live Bluetooth Speaker with Party Lights and App Control | OK, this has been the single best investment I think we’ve ever made. Seriously. The amount of hours we’ve spent on this thing is crazy. It plays music and has a disco ball option via bluetooth (you program it from an app on your phone). It also has a mic so that you can karaoke or use it to make announcements at a party. So many people ask me where I got this thing. Sabrina LOVES it (she actually just came up to me and asked me to turn it on as I’m writing this post). We use it all of the time for family dance parties, and kids who have come over to play with Sabrina have loved it. I even used it to decorate her school’s Holiday Store that I Chaired in December. I just put the red and green lights on and left everything off. Presto, Holiday deco!
Amazon Prime Music | This is like gold. We use it daily. It’s free with Amazon Prime membership. If you have membership, it’s easy to download the app and stream music for free on your phone. I use it to play music on our Party Rocker that I mentioned above.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:
Check on this post for resources on introducing your child to his or her class:
Just Because by Rebecca Elliott | This is an awesome story told by a little boy who’s sister Clemmie has a disability. She “can’t walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni, pilot a plane, juggle or do algebra. I don’t know why she doesn’t do these things. Just because.” And he also loves her “Just because.” I read this book to my daughter’s 1st grade class in the beginning of the year.
The Little Cupcakes by Anthony King | A girl brings cupcakes to school but there’s a problem with not all of them being the same. A story about diversity and acceptance. At the time I write this, I’ve only looked through the book but haven’t read it in it’s entirety. I just ordered it, though, and am looking forward to reading it!
Teaching Literacy to Students With Significant Disabilities: Strategies for the K-12 Inclusive Classroom by June Downing | This book is a huge source of information about teaching literacy to students with significant disabilities in inclusive settings.
Teaching Communication Skills to Students with Severe Disabilities, 2nd Edition | By June Downing. Also a huge source of information about teaching communication skills to students in inclusive settings
(Can you tell I love June Downing’s books?!)
Julie Causton has a series of books that I really enjoy:
- The Paraprofessional’s Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms
- The Educator’s Handbook for Inclusive School Practices
- The Occupational Therapist’s Handbook for Inclusive School Practices
- The Speech -Language Pathologist’s Handbook for Inclusive School Practices
Opening Doors, Opening Lives. Creating awareness of advocacy, inclusion, and education for our children with special needs by Jennifer Greening| Reading this book was extremely eye-opening for me. The author tells the story of getting her daughter Marissa included. I read this book when Sabrina was in an special day class, and it got me dreaming.
Disability is Natural:Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities by Kathie Snow | This is one of the books that completely changed my view of disabilities. Kathie Snow challenges readers to lead “Real Lives”.
Dispelling the Myths of Inclusive Education | one of my favorite handouts
TASH – Equality, Opportunity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities | From their website: “The mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights.” Go to Inclusive Education under their Advocacy & Issues tab. They have some great articles on there!
Inspire Inclusion | Dr. Julie Causton’s website. She is a former special education teacher who is now a professor at Syracuse University and directs the Inclusive Education Program there. She is amazing, and is the person responsible for getting me excited about and involved in inclusion advocacy work.
Disability is Natural– website by Kathie Snow.
Friends- Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members | Awesome (but big) free resource for connecting those with disabilities to members of the community. Written for agency workers, but I useful for parents.
There are many resources for modifications that are already completed and are free. Modified books can be found on the following websites: